JoieFarm 2008 PTG - 90-92pts

JoieFarm 2008 PTG (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here. Select private wine shops
Cost: $29.90 (Direct)
Alcohol: 13%
Production: 780 cases
Date Tasted: September 7th, 2010

Tasting Notes: The JoieFarm "PTG", which stands for "Passetoutgrain", a little known wine from Burgundy, is a delicious blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Gamay Noir (40%). It combines the classic barnyard funk of a Burgundian-style Pinot Noir with the bright fruitiness of a Beaujolais - all-the-while staying true to its Okanagan roots.

The nose warrants a few moments to appreciate. It starts with meaty barnyard aromas but gives way to cherry nibs and dark berries. Oak, vanilla and a touch of cotton candy add complexity to the intense barnyard and fruit ballet. A nose to remember.

The dry palate has excellent tannic structure with forward fruit flavours of cherry cola, dark fruits and savory spice. Pepper lingers on the moderate and balanced finish. The texture is lively, but purposed with good acidity which makes this an excellent wine to pair with food (well, that's not saying much as all of the JoieFarm wines pair beautifully with food. One suspects winemaker Heidi Noble to have had a particular dish in mind during the blending process of each wine). Drink now or cellar for another 3-4 years for further development. Enjoy 2010-2017.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2010
See also:
JoieFarm 2008 Reserve Chardonnay
JoieFarm 2009 A Noble Blend
JoieFarm 2009 Rosé
JoieFarm 2009 Un-Oaked Chardonnay

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